A few weeks back, MMO veteran dev John Smedley posted a tweet about paying for, of all things, coaching in a video game, and it got me thinking about that rather untapped corner of our industry.
“Paid for LoL coaching […] and was well worth the money,” he wrote. “I am not ashamed. I mean I used to pay for fitness instruction and this was more fun.”
No reason to be ashamed at all, especially when bettering yourself and having fun. In fact, doesn’t it seem like this should be way more pervasive? Competitive games like League of Legends are easy to join and hard to truly master, and frankly, so are parts of some MMOs. We’ll splash out for sports or music lessons; why not private tutors for challenging games? Or does this just seem like an impossible luxury, being hand-walked through something most people consider merely entertainment?
Have you ever paid for MMO-related services like coaching? Would you if it were available?